While I was working on the first "Connecticut Curiosities" book, a project I handed off eventually to Bill Heald and Susan Campbell, I found myself, one warm afternoon, deep in the woods of East Haddam looking for a giant stone clown head I had been assured, more than once, was lying out there.
A Yale School of Music student has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. The 25 year old earned the nod for his score of a PBS documentary film.
Garth Neustadter says he spent some time in Yosemite Park in California to prepare for scoring the film, John Muir in the New World. The documentary follows the life of explorer and naturalist John Muir, who founded the environmental advocacy group The Sierra Club in 1892.
"Just being in the places that John Muir explored over 100 years ago definitely inspired me in a way that I didn't expect," he says.
Jefferson Wiggins is an author, educator, lecturer, mentor and community leader. Born in rural Alabama to sharecropper parents, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a teenager and received a field commission during World War II. He was one of the few black officers of that era.
Despite a high enlistment rate in the U.S. Army, African Americans were not treated equally. Racial tensions existed. At parades, church services, in transportation and canteens the races were kept separate. Most black units were given non-combat support tasks to help the white combat troops.
Jessie Sawyer discovered her desire to be a journalist "back in elementary school," thanks to creative projects and encouraging teachers. Farmington Public Schools continued to nurture her aspiration, and as a student at Farmington High School she even interviewed a former Bachelorette contestant.
Entering his eighteenth year as head coach of the Trinity College Men's Squash team, Paul Assaiante is coming off his thirteenth consecutive winning season. The Trinity Bantams have won 282 out of 292 matches, and have a record of 224 consecutive victories. Paul has also coached the Trinity Men's Tennis Squad for 15 of the last 17 seasons, having a 163-71 record.
WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live." No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.
It has become apparent (to me at least) that we are drawn to guest editors and locations because we love them. This week was no exception: Duo and I travelled to Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market in Guilford Connecticut to hear pitches from our host, sixth generation family member (and mother of 2) Sarah Bishop DellaVentura, along with freelance writer for (Patch.com) Sarah Kyrcz, stay-at-home dad Gerry McGuire, serial entrepreneur Ryan Duques, and the founder and president of Zane's Cycles, Chris Zane.
On the afternoon of August 10, 1878, laborers heading home from work in Wallingford noticed a great dark cloud looming over Lamentation Mountain. Within moments, a powerful tornado came roaring through town, ripping up trees and carrying away the upper stories of houses and barns. About fifty buildings were completely destroyed. Thirty-four people were killed and seventy were injured, some of them severely.